Hagerstown’s very own non-profit Easterseals celebrated their 100th anniversary Thursday afternoon, with a twist.
Easterseals celebrated their 100th anniversary by teaming up with the Mason Dixon Barbershop, who is also celebrating their 65th anniversary. Easterseals provides multiple disability services for veterans, military families, seniors and caregivers, and Director Carolyn Kaeser loved teaming up to celebrate both anniversaries.
“We were trying to get entertainment so we could celebrate our 100th anniversary and it just so happened that the Barbershop Quartet she got, they were celebrating their 65th, so it was just by pure luck.”
The Mason Dixon Barbershop of Hagerstown was formed in 1954 and is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the world’s largest singing society consisting of over 800 chapters with 35,000 men who simply love to sing. Director and President of the Mason Dixon Barbershop Dan Thornton says that they owe their 65th anniversary to their dedicated volunteers.
“Well, any non-profit is a lot of work,” said Thornton. “It’s all volunteers and it got started with a good director and a big group of guys coming and singing and doing show. We’ve had our low times, but we’re building again.”
Both non-profits are proud of their community service and hope to serve them another 100 years.
“We just keep putting one foot in front of another helping the people of Washington County and Hagerstown and helping out the caregivers and we are family.”
The Mason Dixon Barbershop also donates back to the community by hosting fundraisers and even performs for free to help out other non-profits.